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Master Recycler Composter Program

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What is the Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Program?

The Master Recycler Composters of Thurston County is a county-based volunteer service program managed through the WSU Thurston County Extension office in Olympia. This program is sponsored by the Thurston County Public Works Department and the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County.

Master Recycler Composter (MRC) volunteers are trained on how to reduce waste and increase public awareness of opportunities to prevent waste, recycle and compost in Thurston County.

MRC volunteers serve with local organizations, community members, neighborhoods, schools, workplaces, or at special events encouraging waste prevention, recycling, and composting. On-going continuing education opportunities are provided to all MRC volunteers to stay up to date on the ever-changing landscape of recycling regulations, waste reduction techniques, and composting science.

In order to serve in their capacity as MRC volunteer in the community, they must first complete the MRC volunteer training where they receive the in-depth knowledge necessary to be successful. See the MRC Volunteer Training section below for more information about the annual MRC volunteer training.

Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Volunteer Training

  • Do you live, work, or operate a business in Thurston County and are interested in becoming a certified Master Recycler Composter volunteer?  Learn more about how to become an MRC volunteer on our training page.

Thurston County Master Recycler Composter Program services and online resources for our Thurston County community

Information for Current MRC Volunteers

Click here to go to TOSS (password-protected)

Click here to go to the 2022 MRC Trainees webpage (password-protected)

Click here to go to the 2023 MRC Trainee webpage (password-protected)


Our Program Partners

The WSU Thurston County Extension Master Gardener Program and Master Recycler Composter Program of Thurston County achieves our missions with the support of our sponsors and partners.  They include: City of Olympia, Port of Olympia, Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County, Thurston County Public Works, WSU Master Gardener Program, and WSU Thurston County Extension.

Click here to learn more about our partners.

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WSU Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local WSU Extension office. Persons will disabilities who require alternative means for communication or program information or reasonable accommodation need to contact Cori Carlton at 3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Olympia WA 98503, 360-867-2162, at least two weeks prior to the event.